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Matthew T. Kerr


Quaternary Environments, Prehistoric Human-Environment Interactions, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Archaeogeochemistry

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Educational Background:

  • Master of Science in Geography, University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with minor in History, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2012

Courses Taught:

  • Instructor of Record:
    • GEOG 132 – Geography of the Natural Environment II
    • GEOG 132 – Landscapes and Environmental Change
    • Kids U Summer Program: “Collapse: The Fall of Complex
  • Lab Instructor:
    • GEOG 415 – Quantitative Methods in Geography
    • GEOG 131 – Geography of the Natural Environment I
    • GEOG 131 – Weather, Climate, and Climate Change
    • GEOG 132 – Geography of the Natural Environment II
    • GEOG 132 – Landscapes and Environmental Change
  • Graduate Student Mentor:
    • GEOG 493 – Independent Study
    • GEOG 494 – Undergraduate Research Experience
    • CHEM 300 – Introductory Research in Chemistry



  • Kerr, MT, Horn, SP, Grissino-Mayer, HD, and Stachowiak, LA (2017). Annual Growth Zones in Stems of Hypericum irazuense (Guttiferae) in the Costa Rican Páramos. Physical Geography. DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2017.1340714
  • Horn, SP, and Kerr, MT (2017). Hypericum irazuense Kuntze ex N. Robson in the Buenavista and Chirripó Páramos of Costa Rica: Photographs of Stem Cross Sections, Plants, and Study Sites. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. DOI: 10.7290/V76D5QXX
  • Lane, CS, Horn, SP, Taylor, ZP, and Kerr, MT (2016). Correlation of Bulk Sedimentary and Compound-Specific δ13C Values Indicates Minimal Pre-Aging of n-Alkanes in a Small Tropical Watershed. Quaternary Science Reviews 145: 238–242. DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.06.004
  • Lane, CS, Horn, SP, and Kerr, MT (2014). Beyond the Mayan Lowlands: Impacts of the Terminal Classic Drought in the Caribbean Antilles. Quaternary Science Reviews 86: 89–98. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.12.017
  • Reber, EA., and Kerr, MT (2012). The Persistence of Caffeine in Experimentally Produced Black Drink Residues. Journal of Archaeological Science 39(7): 2312–2319. DOI:10.1016/j.jas.2012.02.008

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